Sunday, August 10th, 2008
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GTA IV's Xbox 360 installation is 6.8GB

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 01:43 PM MDT | By Neil
If you've been following general gaming news over the past few weeks, you'll no doubt have stumbled upon word that Xbox 360 is gaining a bunch of new features - including the ability to install games entirely to the console's hard drive - later this year.

The option should speed up loading times, even though the game disc must be in the drive for verification each time you wish to play. Until now there wasn't much to see or read about this feature, but YouTube user WarriorSan has uploaded a video showing the process for GTA IV:

The final install will be around 6.8GB. This isn't really surprising as the process merely copies the game data in its entirety across to the hard drive. It seems that you'll need a 120GB drive or one of the new 60GB consoles if you really want to take advantage.
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Is this seriously the biggest news you can post on the front page?

I miss the old gtagaming like 4 years ago where they'd post cool mods.
08-10-2008 01:57 PM
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Well, on the PS3, a blu-ray disc's capacity is just over 5GB, but when you run the game, the game automatically downloads 3,300mb (3.3gb) to the hardrive, meaning around half the game is stored on the hard drive.
08-10-2008 02:11 PM
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Hey alisdairmac, that is why I am glad that I purchased both systems.

But I can't wait for this feature because I also heard that the game runs better which also means that there are less pop ups and so on...

[ post edited 08-10-2008 02:22 PM by LoneStarGamer ]
08-10-2008 02:20 PM
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"Well, on the PS3, a blu-ray disc's capacity is just over 5GB, but when you run the game, the game automatically downloads 3,300mb (3.3gb) to the hardrive, meaning around half the game is stored on the hard drive. "

A standard bluray disk has a capacity of 25 GB's. If your information was at all correct then Metal Gear Solid 4 wouldn't be possible.

I'm not so sure why Sony would take the disks and cut the storage limit to 1/5.

[ post edited 08-10-2008 02:29 PM by sleeper ]
08-10-2008 02:24 PM
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I lol at this, it will just make it even more easier for games to get cracked on xbox 360, once they remove the verification, ya won't need the disk. will be just like PC
08-10-2008 02:26 PM
The Grove
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I have only played on a 360 twice so I know next to nothing about them. What does installing a game to the hard drive even do. It seems pointless if you can just pop it in and play.
08-10-2008 07:24 PM
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I agree with The Grove, I understand what it does but I think it seems pointless
08-11-2008 12:31 AM
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The advantage of this is it will run faster and probably less pop-ups.

People said PS3 version had less pop-ups (I played both, agree on that) and that's because it installed the game and so it can stream off the disc and the HDD at the same time, giving it advantage.
08-11-2008 01:26 AM
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A PS3 BluRay disc is 25GB single layered, or 50GB dual layered. Therefore, the single "fact" your comment was based on along with the point you tried to convey is baseless and useless. Thanks for trying though.
08-11-2008 02:28 AM
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Since some people here are wondering what's the point I'll explain it. GTA is a very heavy streaming game, Audio, Map, Textures, etc, are constantly spinning from the disc. Now during heavy events or just driving extremely fast, the console sometimes won't be able to keep up.

Installing to a Hard Drive means it will have a much faster read speed time, causing reduced loading times on missions, less pop ins, fewer Radio Station glitches and on the few occasions a smoother framerate during heavy Police Gun fights. Overall it just means the game will be more smoother when playing, which most GTA fans would prefer.
08-11-2008 10:48 AM
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I'm excited about this! I'm a one-game-at-a-time guy. So when I'm done, I'll just delete it to save HD space. I got a little 20 gig on my Xbox right now.

Can't wait to see GTA run super smooth!
08-11-2008 04:53 PM

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